Chennaiyin beat Goa 3-2, lift Indian Super League title1 min read . Updated: 21 Dec 2015, 01:38 AM IST
Three goals scored in the last four minutes in dramatic clash
Margao: Forced to shift base to another venue due to flood in their home city, Chhenaiyin FC were crowned the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) champions on Sunday here after they beat FC Goa 3-2 in a drama-filled summit clash, in which three goals were scored in the last four minutes.
In a befitting grand finale of the ISL second season which saw 186 goals scored in 60 matches compared to 121 last year, the Chennaiyin vs Goa clash at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here saw as many as five goals, all of them coming in the second half of the edge-of-the-seat match.
Bruno Pelissari put Chennaiyin ahead in the 54th minute but Goa equalized within four minutes with Thongkhosiem Haokip finding the target. Joffre Gonzalez then put Goa ahead for the first time in the 87th minute in what looked like to be the winning goal.
But, under dramatic circumstances, Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani conceded an own goal in the 90th minute to level the score before Chennaiyin striker Stiven Mendoza found the target in the first minute of the injury time to stun the home supporters of Goa.
The thrilling final, attended by the likes of Indian test cricket team captain and FC Goa co-owner Virat Kohli and his girlfriend Anushka Sharma, besides Chennaiyin FC owner Abhishek Bachchan and ISL chairperson Nita Ambani, brought a climactic end to the season of the lucrative league.
For Chennaiyin, coached by Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, the triumph was all the more remarkable as they had to shift to Pune for their semi-final’s first leg after their home venue was devastated by flood. They were also struggling in the early part of the league phase and needed four wins on the trot in their last four matches to qualify for the semi-finals.
But it was heartbreak for Goa FC who looked the most attacking side in the season under Brazilian legend Zico, who is not expected to return for the next season. The winners got richer by ₹ 8 crore while FC Goa got ₹ 4 crore. The two semi-final losers got ₹ 1.5 crore each. PTI